The holidays can be such a wonderful time of the year for so many people. It’s all about family gatherings, traditions, and religion.

But it can also be the most difficult time of the year for many people. Between end-of-the-year deadlines, loss of a loved one, family conflicts, divorce, and loneliness, the holidays can be stressful.

Some people may also enjoy too many yummy treats and partake in too much of Aunt Helen’s famous eggnog.

Whatever the case, accidents, injuries, and emotional stress tend to keep physicians, emergency rooms, and urgent care centers quite busy during this time of year.

And if you are a medical coder, you may assign some of these ICD-10-CM codes.

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12 ICD-10-CM Codes for the Holiday Season

  1. W51.XXXA, Accidental striking against or bumped into by another person, initial encounter. Shopping in person for those great deals is all part of the fun. That is until someone bumps into you and causes you great pain. Something to be said for online shopping.
  2. Z62.891, Sibling rivalry. A big oops when one child has too many gifts, and one doesn’t have enough.
  3. W11.XXXA, Fall on and from ladder, initial encounter. Whether you’re putting an angel or star on top of the tree or hanging lights outdoors, watch your footing.
  4. X08.8XXA, Exposure to other specified smoke, fire and flames, initial encounter. As the candles continue to be lit, the chances of getting burned are more likely.
  5. Z72.820, Sleep deprivation. Too many things to do and not enough time can certainly cause us to go without much needed sleep.
  6. W26.2XXA, Contact with edge of stiff paper, initial encounter. If you get careless while wrapping all those gifts, and the paper cut is severe enough, it may require a visit to the doctor’s office.
  7. W00.0XXA, Fall on same level due to ice and snow, initial encounter. You don’t have to be on ice skates or skis to slip and fall and break a bone.
  8. F10.929, Alcohol use, unspecified with intoxication, unspecified. Too many celebratory gatherings where excessive alcohol is involved can lead to accidents of all sorts.
  9. Z63.1, Problems in relationship with in-laws. Like it or not, getting together with some in-laws can be trying. And this time of the year is no different. Use restraint.
  10. T63.791A, Toxic effect of contact with other venomous plant, accidental (unintentional), initial encounter. Be wary of such poisonous plants as Poinsettias, Mistletoe, and holly berries this time of year.
  11. F43.8, Other reactions to severe stress. Demands that require so much of our time and attention can be a drain on us emotionally.
  12. R11.0, Nausea. Eating too many of those cookies may not be the best thing. Remember, everything in moderation.

You can find these codes in your current ICD-10-CM coding manual or by using a coding tool like Find-A-Code. Be sure to also review the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting FY 2020 before assigning these codes.


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